(EFE) – Racing Club took a 1-1 draw on Tuesday at Morumbí Stadium, the home of Sao Paulo, where Enzo Copetti neutralized an error by Chilean goalkeeper Gabriel Arias that led to the Brazilian team’s goal in the first leg of Round of 16 of the Copa Libertadores.
A bad reception by the goalkeeper of the Avellaneda team, who would later be remade with a saving save, took advantage of Vitor Bueno to overtake the tricolor of São Paulo in the 35th minute.
Juan Antonio Pizzi’s side, who had not played for more than a month, overcame that blow at the edge of half-time thanks to forward Enzo Copetti, who left everything the same with a shot from outside the area.
The away tie favors Racing, which will host Sao Paulo at its stadium in a week to define one of the quotas for the quarterfinal round of the continental tournament.
The coach of the São Paulo team, Hernán Crespo, was conservative at the beginning and decided to take shelter at home by leaving with three centrals and a rocky midfield.
Without the extreme Rigoni, the central Miranda, nor the attacker Luciano, all of them injured, and with Dani Alves concentrated with the Olympic team, the Argentine coach planted an eleven with six players raised at the base of the club.
In the first minutes the Brazilians and Argentines studied each other very cautiously, without hurting themselves.
The Academy dominated, but without depth. Mauricio Martínez tried to wake up his team with a shot from outside the area that went high for very little.
The locals’ reply came in a cross shot from Igor Vinicius that forced Arias to stretch.
The problems in the creation phase of the São Paulo complex were evident. In the 28th minute, Crespo was forced to replace the injured Eder with Vitor Bueno, who would revolutionize the game with the collaboration of Arias.
The Racing goalkeeper made a huge mistake by not blocking a tempered cross from the left and leaving the ball at Bueno’s feet, who took advantage of the gift to open the scoring.
A goal that fell from the sky that left the visitor beaten. In the sequence, Bueno was able to score the second in a very clear counterattack, but this time Arias was splendid.
Racing rallied shortly after and neutralized the advantage in first-half injury time through Copetti, who received his back on the edge of the area, left Diego Costa behind and finished tight to beat Volpi.
In the second half, the script did not change: Racing, owner of possession and Sao Paulo, waiting. Crespo did not like it and looked for more prominence in the attack with the entry of Gabriel Sara and Argentine midfielder Martín Benítez.
It was of little use. The Argentine team continued to manage the game at will. Martinez tried again from outside the area, but this time he ran into Volpi.
In the final stretch, Mena was able to complete the comeback in Brazilian territory, but the Chilean side, free of mark and with the entire goal for him, sent his header into the clouds.
Benítez, who became the best of the locals, hit him with effect from far away for Sao Paulo, but Arias, hero and villain for Racing, avoided the goal with another good stretch